Sat 15 Jun 2024

Johansson on a Junior ERC high after home win

Mille Johansson scored a second FIA Junior ERC Championship win of 2024, extending his title advantage with first place on home soil in Sweden.

The teenager, who also took the Junior ERC laurels on Rally Islas Canarias, beat compatriot Calle Carlberg to victory on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia as Estonia’s Karl-Markus Sei claimed his maiden podium finish in third place.


While Johansson, who also took the FIA ERC4 victory in the Opel Corsa Rally4 he shared with Johan Grönvall, was a worthy winner in the Hankook-supplied category for some of the sport’s most promising young talents, Patrik Hallberg had been in when damage caused him to crash out on SS12.


“It was such a shame Hallberg crashed because I felt like it could have been a good fight today since we were really on it this morning,” said Johansson after he beat Carlberg by 32.6sec. “He was fast on the split before he crashed so it would have been a fun day. Points for the championship are the main thing but to win is what we were here for and it’s really good to win. I’m rally happy.”

A dejected Hallberg said: “Basically it was a really fast section. I hit a small rock and when I got in the left corner straight afterwards there was no tyre on the rim and I was a passenger. I had no steering and the car went straight off into some trees. The most frustrating is the feeling had been good, we were not pushing too much, with no moments or anything like that. To have something like this destroy your rally it is a shame of course. It was at least nice to be able to show our speed and lead the rally.”

 

Behind Sei, Daniel Polášek finished fourth with Timo Schulz demoting Patrik Herczig for fifth on the Power Stage. Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy’s Aoife Raftery scored more points in seventh as newcomer Herman Lie-Nilsen finished eighth.

 

After crashing out on SS2, Max McRae restarted this morning, took a stage win but rolled for a second time on SS15 but kept going to finish ninth.

Mattia Zanin was in fifth place when he crashed out on SS11 to continue a frustrating sequence of results for the ACI Team Italia ace.

 

Damage caused their accidents on SS2 and SS7 respectively prevented Geronimo Nerobutto and Liam Müller from restarting.

 

Delfi Rally Estonia is next for the Junior ERC crews from 5 - 7 July.

Latvia
Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Italy
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Hungary
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM